I have over 10 years of teaching experience, ranging from classroom instruction to private language
) tutoring to dance instruction. My experience is with virtually all ages: from 3 years to adults. I worked very successfully as an English
teacher for 2 years while in the Peace Corps, where I was also given extensive training in education methods, techniques, and curriculum development. Currently I am working at an ESL school teaching English grammar
, conversation, and reading
to adult foreign students.
I have always loved learning, and I love being able to help others learn and show them that learning can be an enjoyable and exciting experience. I'm an "empathetic teacher" (admittedly a phrase I made up) meaning that I have always just naturally been able to "tune in" to a student's prospective and learning style to see how they understand the information that is coming at him/her, and I can then pinpoint how to best explain a concept or what activity would be best to solidify the concept. Basically, I'm the person to see when no one else is able to explain it to you in a way that makes sense to you! While I enjoying working with all types of students, I actually have a special place in my heart for students who are struggling with a subject, a concept, or just at school in general (as well as experience with such students). I believe education and learning should be accessible to everyone, including those who see and understand the world a little differently... :-)
I truly believe that anyone can learn anything; it's simply a matter of teaching to the student, to his/her learning style and finding the right way to communicate concepts. Also, I believe that independent discovery, critical thinking, and logical reasoning play very important roles in information retention and concept building for any subject or skill. If you're looking for someone who will help you simply memorize or do the minimum work to get an answer, I'm probably not going to be a good match.
My sessions take into account the needs and wants of the student, though there are a few things you can generally expect: inclusion of alternate learning styles, a patient and safe environment, creativity, preparation on my part, and a commitment to not only help you learn the material, but also be able to apply it and reach beyond it when possible. I emotionally and mentally invest in my students' success, and so I do expect a commitment on your part to doing the work and trusting my process (the exception being younger students who may not have made the choice for a tutor themselves -- sometimes it takes a little time to get them to that point...but they always make it there!).
I've written a lot here... Basically, if you're frustrated or disinterest in the subject matter, I can help you. Students of all ages, learning styles, and educational backgrounds - I can help you. If I can get rural village Armenian potato farmers' sons to participate and enjoy a class as useless to them and as difficult as English, trust me - I can do the same for you.
Best of luck in your search for a tutor, and I applaud your commitment to your education and personal development!